↑ Return to Governors

Governor Profiles

Will Connolly

will_connollyWill has been a governor at Yorke Mead since October 2008. To his role as a governor Will brings a varied career in education, having worked in schools and universities and for local and national government. Currently he works in a self-employed capacity advising in schools and local authorities across London and the south east. Will lives in Watford, is married and has three grown-up children.

Charlotte Gomes

charlotte_gomesCharlotte works as the Leisure Development Manager at Three Rivers District Council, managing a team of officers to deliver art, sport, play, inclusion and physical activity. She is also responsible for the upgrading and refurbishing of children’s play areas in the district and project managed the sites at Barton Way and Scotsbridge to name a few. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience in the leisure field, in particular play and physical activity, as well as budget, project and people management.

Neil Rowley

neil_rowleyNeil has worked in the property industry for over fifteen years, for both local authorities and private practice. On hearing of the County’s proposal to expand Yorke Mead to two form entry Neil used his experience to ensure that the expansion was well planned, safely delivered and provided an expanded school that children, parents, teachers and Governors could all be proud of. Neil is continuing this role with an eye to future development at Yorke Mead. Neil was born and bred in Croxley and lives in the village with his wife and three children.

Derek Marshall

derek_marshallDerek joined the governing body at the end of 2013. He retired in 2012 after 43 years working on policy and public affairs for Government Departments and the aerospace industry and is enjoying having more time for reading and writing. Derek lives with his wife and two children in Watford.

Ashok Shah

ashok_shahAshok started as a Local Authority Governor in 2013. He is a retired Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of financial and business experience having advised a number of UK and International businesses covering a wide range of industries. Ashok’s experience is being well used as our Chair of Resources.

Ashok is married with two grown up children and lives in Rickmansworth.

Jeffrey Leib

jeffrey_leibJeffrey Leib is in his second four-year term as a volunteer Parent Governor. When he has time Jeffrey helps to run Croxley Green’s Scout Group.

Lucille Pollard

headteacherAs the Head teacher Lucille is automatically a governor. Lucille is dedicated to working closely with the governors to provide the best education and care for the children of Yorke Mead

Cheryl Phillipson

cheryl_phillipsonCheryl has served on the governing body since 2013 and currently serves on the Children’s committee. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) specialising in audit and accounts of corporations. She has also volunteered on various charity committees over the years and is currently Treasurer for a local scout group. Cheryl has one child in Yorke Mead, is married and lives in Croxley Green.

Toby Southin

toby_southinToby was elected as a parent governor in September 2013. He sits on the resources committee as well as the main governing body. He lives with his family in Croxley Green and has two children in the school. Toby works as a Senior IT Architect for Sainsbury’s in Central London.


Zsofia Sears

Zsofia moved to the UK in 2005, has lived in the Croxley area for 11 years and joined the governing body of Yorke Mead because she is keen to contribute to the local community.  Zsofia works in a local secondary school as a Science subject leader and she coordinates extra-curricular activities.  Zsofia is passionate about STEM (an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and is a useful addition to our Children’s Committee.




Zoe Newman

Zoe Newman was elected as parent governor in November 2016.  She is married and lives in Croxley Green. Her 3 children all attend Yorke Mead. Zoe was a solicitor for 20 years and feels strongly that the partnership between home and school is a vital one for all our children.